Napa, Calif., Looking for Tech to Give a Better Experience to Tourists

Plus, Startup Digitizes 17 Cities' Zoning Codes, Lets Local Gov Use It for Free, Texas City to Try Driverless Shuttles to Test its Infrastructure and Gather data and more...

by / August 28, 2018

TOP NEWS

Napa, Calif., Looking for Tech to Give a Better Experience to Tourists The city in the heart of wine country is turning to the Startup in Residence program for the first time this year, hoping to use technology to personalize visitors' experiences and send them to places they wouldn't think to look. Meanwhile, STiR has announced its next round of expansions, including its first state government partner.


Startup Digitizes 17 Cities' Zoning Codes, Lets Local Gov Use it for Free The startup, idevelop.city, is aiming for a clientele base more along the lines of the real estate developer persuasion — cities get to use their zoning maps for free. That could help cities answer questions more efficiently, and possibly even achieve better insight into how different policies would drive change.
 
Texas City to Try Driverless Shuttles to Test its Infrastructure and Gather Data The city of Arlington is working with Drive.ai to run the shuttles on public roads, and leaders say they're going to get a lot of data out of the deal.
 
Savannah, Ga., Police Want Drones The department has put out a bid for three drones to help it carry out its work more quickly and effectively.

MARKET SPOTLIGHT

Where the Chief Innovation Officers Roam As state and local governments become more comfortable with experimentation, many have created positions dedicated to innovation. We've put together a map of known chief innovation officers across the country.

WATCHLIST

GovTech company on our radar this week:

Swiftmile: Charging stations for electric bicycles and scooters, including geospatial analytics.

Run a GovTech company? Get on our radar here.

BIZ NOTES

>Inc. has named SeamlessDocs one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S. in its 37th annual Inc. 5000 list.

WHAT WE'RE READING

 
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Ben Miller Associate Editor of GT Data and Business

Ben Miller is the associate editor of data and business for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes breaking news, business, community features and technical subjects. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, and lives in Sacramento, Calif.